Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, one of Japan’s most legendary film icons, will reportedly join Scarlett Johansson in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Kitano is known for wearing many hats, including that of director, actor and comedian, and is best known to Western audiences for 2000’s Battle Royale and 2003’s Zatoichi.
Variety says Kitano will play Daisuke Aramaki, chief of Public Security Section 9 and the boss of Johansson’s character. The casting is perfect, but its intentions are also likely political; the film has been criticized for its whitewashing of what is a beloved Japanese creation.
If you haven’t seen Kitano in action, he’s a strong quiet type, but someone who has an immense onscreen presence. Ghost in the Shell is currently scheduled for a March 31, 2017 release.